Q&A – Cynthia Adu

18 Jun 2019

On 30 April 2019, the seven newly appointed IOM3 Strategic Advisors (Technology Communities Board (TCB) operating for now as the ITPB until the formal governance changes happen) met in Grantham for a team-bonding day that looked into strengthening and facilitating introductions and communication within the team.

This was an ideal opportunity to discuss the plans and objectives going forward for the TCB over the next year and how they can effectively communicate within the technical divisions and also with the outside media to raise the profile of IOM3.

The advisors will cover the four aspects of the materials cycle including life cycle, extractives, materials and applications. Over the next few months, we will be profiling each of our appointed advisors about their career highlights, current roles and their hopes for the TCB in 2019-2020. This month, we start with Cynthia Adu who will cover the lifecycle.

Tell me about your background.

I am currently a final year EngD student on the EPSRC centre for doctoral training in sustainable materials and manufacturing at Cranfield University, UK. My background is in mechanical engineering from Oxford Brooks University, UK, and I have an MSc in Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems. I am interested in tackling sustainability problems with an engineering approach. My current research is on converting byproducts of paper mills into valuable resources for other industries.

How did you become involved with IOM3?

I got involved with IOM3 after attending the Materials Protecting Society Seminar series, after which I had the pleasure of being invited to a Technology Communities Board meeting of the Sustainable Development Group. During this meeting, I recognised the significant role IOM3 technical communities play as the voice of the Institute. Hence, I raised some suggestions on how we could improve outreach strategy to the public domain and have since been a member of that group.

What are you most looking forward to about taking on the role?

I am very enthusiastic to be part of a team that will help to maintain the legacy the Institute has built over the past 150 years. I have previous experience in facilitating community engagement within a professional group. Thus, I am looking forward to promoting engagement between the technical groups, exploring new methods to efficiently disseminate their knowledge and ideas to meet the overall vision of the Institute.

What do you feel are the main priorities for IOM3 going forward?

I feel that the main priorities of the Institute are to continue to demonstrate its value to members, engage with the society on matters related to the IOM3 materials cycle and to attract the next generation of prospective members.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I enjoy exploring my creativity through graphic design, art and crafts. I also recently started getting involved in public speaking on science communication to young people and minority groups.

The next meeting of TCB due to take place in June 2019. To find out more about the Strategic Advisors, visit bit.ly/2F38np7